Snow Falling on Cedars

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16

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  1. LunaM.
    Apr 9, 2008
    4
    The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually poetic and lovingly photographed. But one ponderously slow scene follows another. Snippets of same are then repeated through flashbacks. Over-use of crying babies to dramatize bad news. Plenty of passion and talent were behind the making of this movie, The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually poetic and lovingly photographed. But one ponderously slow scene follows another. Snippets of same are then repeated through flashbacks. Over-use of crying babies to dramatize bad news. Plenty of passion and talent were behind the making of this movie, but for me it was too self-conscious, gloomy and (watch as the rain drips drips drips) SLOW. Expand
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. 40
    This badly muddled adaptation of a complex novel chases after Guterson's many skeins and themes with no unifying principle in mind.
  2. Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched.
  3. As cosmetically sanitized revisions of history go: This is as good as it gets.